The weather plays an important role when planning your boat trip. Below you can find some of the best maritime weather forecasts and services.
The local coastal radio stations broadcast the shipping forecast and all important weather information. Forecasts and warnings are usually announced several times a day in the local language and English.
The sea-weather forecasts can be received with a normal, short-wave radio.
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During the summer you can use the shipping forecast daily at 01:05 am, 06:40 am, 11:05 am and 09:05 pm on the frequency LW 177 kHz.
The wireless coverage in Germany and on the German islands is generally very good. You can recieve the forecast with a web-enabled mobile phone or laptop with an UMTS card. The same applies to other areas in Europe, but depending on your wireless service provider, this process can be expensive. During long trips, it is worth to buying a local prepaid card.
Windfinder supplements the weater forecast with wind forecasting, wind maps and many other options.
These kinds of services are a good alternative in terms of time optimization. However, they can be very costly.
On Weather365 you get 2 daily updates (at 07:30 am and 06:30 pm) on the main wave and weather data for the area of your choice. This includes information on temperature, wind speed, wind direction, wave height and air pressure.